The tropical depression that has been forming north of Kwajalein in the Republic of Marshall Islands for several days has been upgraded to a tropical depression and could pass near or just northeast of the far Northern Islands of the CNMI late Thursday and Friday.
According to the U.S. National Weather Service in Guam yesterday, Tropical Depression 26W is projected to continue to strengthen and become a tropical storm by today, Wednesday.
TS 26W is expected to make a gradual turn toward the west-northwest Tuesday and continue in that direction through Thursday. It is currently moving west at 18 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.
NWS reports that there are no watches or warnings in effect but the CNMI, particularly the Northern Islands of Agrihan, Pagan, and Alamagan, are advised to pay closer attention to the progress of 26W.
Based on the NWS’ recent weather alert, 26W is currently 1,230 miles east of Saipan and 1,300 miles east of Guam. NWS first reported the matter on Monday, stating that forecast models showing the disturbance moving in a track similar to Super Typhoon Halong and passing through the northern part of CNMI near Pagan late Thursday and Friday.